Former Cathedral coach arrested, charged with sexual battery

Published 1:14 pm Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NATCHEZ — Former Cathedral High School assistant football and baseball coach Brett Hinson, 28, of 6 West Circle Drive, Vidalia, was arrested Tuesday morning and has been charged with sexual battery.

Brett Hinson

Brett Hinson

Hinson resigned from his job at Cathedral on Monday, June 1, amid rumors of an inappropriate relationship with a female student.

“The only thing I can tell you is our officers were able to obtain evidence that led them to get a warrant for his arrest. That’s all I can say at this point,” said Natchez Police Detective Jerry Ford.

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Natchez Municipal Court Judge Jim Blough set a bond of $75,000 for Hinson. However, at approximately 1 p.m. Tuesday, he was still in police custody.

Cathedral Head of School Pat Sanguinetti and Cathedral Athletic Director Craig Beesley have declined to comment, citing policy not to discuss personnel matters.

Hinson joined Cathedral as a teacher and a coach in 2013. He graduated from Vidalia High School in 2005, where he was a baseball standout. He played baseball for Mississippi College.

In addition to his coaching duties, Hinson taught physical education at Cathedral.

In Mississippi, a sexual battery charge is a felony and, if convicted, carries up to a 30-year prison sentence and up to a $10,000 fine.